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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark amber/coppery red with an off-white/ivory head that settles back to a foam ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and quite fruity, so far more malt-forward than usual - it lacks the citrus and resin hop aromas that a lot of American IPAs have, which leads me to think this owes more to the English IPA style. There's a slight floral sweetness but otherwise quite malty.

Taste: Quite a rich, malty flavour with an undercurrent of hops - for an American beer this is a bit of a mind-screw as you'd expect it to be the other way around. The hop character is nicely subdued, all other things being considered. The finish is fairly dry and hoppy, but again lacking the aggressive hopiness of other American IPAs.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation. Fairly undemanding and quite drinkable.

Overall: If you're expecting a 'proper' American IPA then you're going to be disappointed - I'd describe this as an American interpretation of an English IPA - fairly high in alcohol and highly hopped, at least by British standards. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact this is a surprisingly drinkable beer even if it wasn't what I was expecting. If you fancy an American spin on a British style then this is well worth a look.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an English style IPA and won't smell or taste the same as an American style IPA made with hops from the U.S. If you expect it to be like most U.S. IPAs you'll be disappointed. But that's not the beer at fault.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear copper/amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a layer and island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing with a few legs here and there.

The aroma is mostly malt with a floral character from the hops but seems a bit muted.

The flavors emphasize a rich but not cloying sweetness from the caramel malt, with the floral, fruity, lightly bitter and earthy hops playing in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation light but persistent. The finish is moderate in length and basically involves the sweetness receding to leave some modest hop bitterness persisting into the dryness at the end.

On the whole a nicely drinkable, refreshing beer that's worth having again. When I'm in the mood for an English style IPA and can't find the local Yards version this one will do nicely in its place.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a straight up good IPA. Pours clear and orange. Cream colored head that lasted well. Leaves sheets of shimmering lace. Nose candied orange peel with a splash of lemon. A malt that is not too sweet on the nose. As succulent as this is I amnot seeing the nose run all over the place and I like that. Taste follows the nose except for a permeating herbal from hop that is a perfect counter point to the sweetness of the orange peel. Hop bitterness underlies the drink rather than comes out over the top of it. Bitterness is firm but not sharp,clean and does not linger. This shows off a creamy biscuit with a faint caramel in the aftertaste. Lovely.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking IPA;the feel reminded me of a session IPA despite the 6.9% ABV. This one is not a hops bomb; instead it opts for balance. I've grown accustomed to big flavored American style IPAs and am not as used to subtle examples such as this one. However, I suppose that's the point of English IPAs. Overall I liked this one and will get again as well as other English IPAs.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA. Not participating in the bitterness pissing contest that is American-brewed IPAs. Fresh, grassy scent. Kind of astringent taste and mouthfeel mitigated by a slightly malty finish. Decent.

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Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-notes of pine,grapefruit,oranges,mandarines
-mild hop bitterniss
-relatively mild bitterniss,grapefruit,oranges on the back-end
A lot more tame,than other IPAs but nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Very good one.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several bottles of this that have been over the hill - check the bottle date. Fresh ones are good releasing bready malt aromas seasoned mildly with hops. It pours brilliant amber under a persistent 2" foam cap. On the palate it has a creamy malty attack with a pleasant hop accent and a dry finish. It is an easy drinking medium bodied beer with slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, this one I really enjoyed. Forgot it was 6.9% as I drank it, so alcohol is well hidden. And not too over powering on the hops front. Could easy have had a second, so will buy again next time I see it.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amber colouration with light flowing CO2. Brilliant shaving foam cream head that dies to a ring of lace cover after 5 minutes. This lace sticks lightly to the edges of the glass

Smell – Instant Lemon Geranium aroma that is best described as citrusy and piney. This is an aroma I have come to expect from many modern IPAs. There is only light evidence of sweeter malts in here but they are evident in the aroma which is an improvement on Brew Dog offerings.

Taste – Actually very well balanced. This beer is definitely hop forward but the malts also make a good showing for themselves giving a great base to the citrus fruit and pine hop. The fruits in here range from grapefruit and blood orange to mandarin sweetness. Although there is some sweet elements in here by and large this beer sticks to the bitter sour end of things and it does it pretty well.

MF – Pretty smooth but also slightly thinner than I had hoped for. This beer despite some great flavour does not boast a good linger and it is not drying or cloying so that you wonder did you drink anything at all. I would probably be best describing this beer as crisp but a little pedestrian.

Overall – Great balance in the flavour compared to some modern IPAs I have had. The only drawback to this beer as I can see it is the mouth feel that does not provide much to chew on so to speak but it is still a very fine beer.

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Photo of KegJeff
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went all in with this beer, buying a half keg for the kegerator as my first taste (a bit pricey as craft beer kegs go). I must say I'm happy with my choice. A little tricky getting the foam under control in the keg, but has a nice slow pour, 2-3 finger head out of the tap, dissipates quickly though. Seeing some other reviews, I have to think it's a different experience out of the keg. Nicely balanced hoppy/floral aroma, and the taste follows suit with satisfying carbonation as well. If you have not had this out of the tap, I would recommend it.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light tea color in a Brooklyn Brewhouse glass with a 2F head.Good lacing.

Nice floral aroma with raisin, hops, and malt.

Light carbonation to the mouth feel- not overdone like a lot of other IPAs I have been drinking lately.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: spicy, fruity, raisin, malty, followed by a lightly bitter hoppy finish.

Overall: I really like this beer. Very drinkable, and it has a good balance of hops, fruit, malt, and carbonation. The thick well designed Brooklyn Brewhouse glass works well for this beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance, with a small head. Quite a clear look as well

Smells of caramel-laden malts, and hops. A quite sweet smell, but definitely enjoyable.

Quite strong and bitter taste for an English IPA. Besides the bitterness of the hops, I felt quite a bit of sweetness. Not necessarily as caramel-laden as the smell, as it was more towards the red apple-direction. Feel is light, and quite drinkable.

This is a compelling beer. A good combination between complexity, drinkability, and balance . Furthermore, it is a beer which holds quite a bit of nostalgic value to me, as it was one of the brews which introduced me to craft beer. As such, even though it's not my highest rated beer on BeerAdvocate, this would be at the top of my list of beers which I would recommend to someone who never had anything besides big macro-lagers.

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Photo of JNisher
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The orange and green label is both inviting and festive. Although the initial taste can be bitter and frightening, we learn that the overall feeling is of a quite essential alcoholic necessity. In conclusion, the alcohol percentage was a plus, as well as the foreign aspects of the beer itself. George Hodgson should be proud.

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Photo of fank2788
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A bright but clear copper orange in the glass topped by a finger or so of off white head that falls quickly with some lace. The smell is lemon citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit grain. There is a bit of a metallic character in there as well to round it out near the end. The taste is much like the smell with the lemon floral hops hitting up front and carrying a moderate amount of bitterness throughout. The metallic flavor is there as well but it isn't bad as the malt comes through too but it doesn't quite do enough to balance the hops. Crisp and clean at the finish and lively in the mouth due to a good dose of carbonation and the spiciness of the hops. Overall this is pretty nice as the English IPA is often overlooked and quite different from the more popular American style. The subtle hops combine nicely with the malt to provide a different but satisfying IPA experience.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear, light copper color. Brief, off white head with lively carbonation and little lacing.

Smell: Honey-sweet maltiness followed by earthy, spicy hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Mellow caramel malt base with lemon citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with visible but soft carbonation.

Overall: A nicely hopped, balanced and drinkable take on Old World IPA.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by FEB 2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from the Brooklyn Brewery, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy orange body with about a finger of khaki head that subsides rather quick. Thin spotty lacing on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated, with some slow-rising bubble action. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is malty and coppery. Earthy & grassy, with some fruity fermented apple / cider sort of notes present. Subtle notes of pine and grapefruit make an appearance, but the metallic notes pervade. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter & lightly piney with some grapefruit / apple / cider notes apparent. Earthy, herbal, and grassy, but malty / metallic notes are again pervasive.

M - The feel is good, crisp and clean, lightly bready, malty, and metallic on the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style from Brooklyn Brewery. Perhaps not a beer I would have again often, but appropriate on many levels for the style, especially since they are going for that old-world recreation of an 1820s IPA. Worth a try, for sure.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

2 months past the bb date. Aroma is floral and lightly resiny, with nutty caramel malt and perfumey, herbal hops adding complexity. Flavor reveals a strong caramel malt backbone, fairly sweet, which is contrasted by moderately bitter hops at the finish. Herbal hops provide a bridge mid palate and resurface in the aftertaste. The herbal hop character isn't my favorite, and bitterness is more than I'd prefer in the finish. Malt is a bit overly sweet.

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Photo of M_C304
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance - Clear and pale gold in color. Developed approximately a 1-1/2", off-white head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - Very mellow, floral hop notes. Biscuity malt aroma as well in the background.
Taste - As with the smell, a very mellow hop character with a balanced malt backbone. Not a ton of depth in the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - Medium weight on the mouthfeel but refreshing.
Overall - It's a decent beer. Would prefer something with a little more complexity but I could see me reaching for one of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark golden body with a foamy head.
aroma is of hops and some malt.
The taste has a little bitter hops taste and is balanced by the malt
overall it is tasty

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Photo of Ngntjp
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Looking for a freshness date after half the bottle and I can't find one. Could the hops have died down THAT much? Well where's the date?! Could this bottle be THAT old? Well, again, where's the god damn date?! I have no idea, but the hops are just not there at all. This is more malt than anything to me and I have a feeling I just have an old, old, bottle but nonetheless. This was a pretty disappointing offering from Brooklyn for me. I'll only be seeking this out again to find out if this is a truly disappointing beer or if I got a bad bottle. Bummed for sure at the moment though.

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Photo of schatzs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Nice copper color, clear
S: Nothing jumps out, hint of citrus
T: Mild taste, some sweetness, mildly bitter
M: Smooth, low carbonation
O: Easy to drink, fairly mild for an IPA

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber producing a small and short lived head.
Small nose.

Flavor comes off to me as monochromatic-- lots of citrus or maybe on a stretch grapefruit tang with lemon zest thrown in fluffed with some malt. But regardless of the flavor complexities this beer seems to me to occupy the category of "thirst quencher" usually in my beer opinion the realm of the American adjuncts. I like the East India Pale Ale served refrigerator cold. But in that "thirst quencher" realm-- it's more flavorful and more complex yet still not a beer that demands to be savored-- so I don't mind quaffing a pint.

I consider this beer to be on the other side of the spectrum occupied by Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout.

During the summer months I generally have a bottle or two chilled in the fridge.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice english IPA of a hazy orange/ocher color that goes to a yellowish tone in the corners of the glass. Foam is ok.
Smell and taste are full of citrus, specially lemon, orange and grapefruit. Pear and apple tones also appear and that makes this beer quite juicy. Maltiness, bitterness and hoppines are at an ok level but could be higher, specially maltiness.
Body is ok too. Didn't enjoy the mouthfeel too much because of the acidity that comes in corners of the lips.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice little hazy golden color.
The smell is not overly strong to be an IPA but of course with plenty of flowers and hops.
The taste is like any really good IPA. This beer's only drawback is the excessive ABV becuase there are hints of booze in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dlish33
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice orange color with a very thin head that goes away almost immediately. I drank it from a TeKu glass which always accentuates the smell, nice floral and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is very thin And finishes quick. Unlike most Americans IPAs don't tend to be my favorite although I really liked this one as it focused on balance rather than the classic "mo hops, mo better" philosophy that many American brewers shoot for.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.